Connecting with us at Clonakilty Wellness Week

Posted on: 3rd April, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Clonakilty Wellness Committee is delighted to have the opportunity to run another Wellness Week from Tuesday, May 1 to Saturday, May 5, 2018. This year the committee decided on the theme of ‘Connecting with Us’. There are lots of ways of connecting; through art, music, being part of your community, and through family and friends. Key to any of us connecting though is how we build relationships, whether it is with our loved ones, our friends or our community; in building our relationships, how do we sustain and nurture them?

Too often when we become vulnerable or sad we can lose that connection with people who are important to us. We create barriers and isolate ourselves, and sometimes with the best of intentions. We often push those who are close to us away.

Our community plays an important role in our wellbeing; when it is difficult for us to keep in touch with those close to us, it is important that we keep connected in other ways – by getting involved in music, art, doing volunteering work or spiritually. You can connect with people from your own home, by making a phone call or inviting a neighbour in for a cuppa and a chat, and also through media.

This year Clonakilty Wellness Committee, in partnership with the National Learning Network, will host a number of workshops over Wellness Week at different venues with art, music, talks, storytelling, knitting and more. There will also be The Friday Club’s ‘Happy Feet Walk’ (at your own pace) and a Wellness Mass with the Shared Voices of Sunshine Choir.

Most workshops are free and open to the public and two exciting workshops have already been confirmed for the festival.

The #EMERGINGPROUD workshop takes place on Thursday, May 3 from 10am in the National Learning Network premises above TSB bank. This is an introduction to a more empowering approach to mental distress, as a potential catalyst for positive transformation and is an interactive workshop for Mental Health Clinicians, Carers and Peers. After a full screening of #Emerging Proud, the grassroots social movement film, there will be a unique opportunity to ask questions LIVE to a select few subjects of the film. Ask them how they managed to ‘emerge’, transformed from their perceived mental health crises; can a breakdown really be a journey to breakthrough? Booking is essential. Email: or telephone 087 2293550 to book.

Dr Jess Lynch, an experienced GP and Wellness Coach presents ‘How Coaching Enhances Mental Wellbeing’ on May 2 from 7.30-9pm, also at the National Learning Network, Faxbridge. In this workshop you will explore what coaching is and how you can use coaching to improve your wellbeing.

The Committee is always looking for new ideas. If anyone would like to run a workshop in keeping with the theme of ‘Connecting with Us’ the committee would love them to make contact now, as it is currently putting together a full programme of events.

For more information you can contact Adrienne Adams on 087-6599526 or email:  or Theresa Tobin on 087-9652325 or email:

The full programme for Clonakilty Wellness week will be available shortly in GP surgeries, local shops and O’Donovan’s Hotel as well as on Facebook.

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13th April, 2018  ·  

An evening on the 'Balance of Feeling Good' by Clonakilty Gaa Club Health and Wellbeing Committee followed by Guest Speaker, Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.

Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
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12th April, 2018  ·  

The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing

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9th April, 2018  ·  

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